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Rascal Flatts Is Coming To MAD 2016 American Idol Winner Trent Harmon Opens


EL DORADO, AR.–  One band. Ten albums. Sixteen number one hits. Over 23 million records and 10 million tickets sold. And, now MAD (Murphy Arts District) is proud to announce that Rascal Flatts is coming to El Dorado, Arkansas on Friday, August 24., playing in the MAD Amphitheater. Tickets range from $51.50 to $62.50 and will increase by $10 on the day of the show.  Opening for Rascal Flatts will be Trent Harmon, 2016 American Idol winner. Rascal Flatt fan club members can purchase tickets on Tuesday, June 5. MAD members can purchase tickets on Wednesday, June 6 and the public has access on Friday, June 8. Ticket information can be found at www.eldoMAD.com.

If any act embodies the place to which country music has evolved in the new century, it is Rascal Flatts. Since their inception a decade ago in 1999, the trio has helped change the face of popular music. Their trademark sound—Gary LeVox’s powerfully emotive lead vocals coupled with the soaring harmonies of Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, set amid world-class arrangements and production, have made the band the standard bearers for cutting- edge country. Drawing on Nashville’s best tunesmiths and their own enviable songwriting skills, they have released, in songs like “These Days,” “Bless The Broken Road,” “What Hurts the Most,” and “Take Me There,” some of the most important and successful music to come out of Nashville in recent years. Along the way, they have placed 11 #1 singles and 20 Top Tens, seen every one of their studio albums go multi-platinum, have become the most awarded vocal group in country music history with total sales at 20 million. In 2009, Flatts broke Alabama’s streak of ACM Vocal Group of The Year wins when they took home the trophy for the 7th consecutive time.

With statistics like the ones above, the numbers pile up so high it’s easy to get lost on top of the heap and forget why you wanted to be there in the first place. But time and success have only put them closer to their core on Back to Us, their tenth LP that’s both a return to form and a proclamation of everything that this trio has come to represent over nearly two decades.

Rascal Flatts is also proud of the charity work they have been able to engage in over the years, whether in supporting music education in public schools or raising almost $4 million for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt where the Rascal Flatts Pediatric Surgery Center was named in recognition of the trio’s long-standing involvement. The trio’s most recent endeavor is working with the Make A Wish Foundation and NFL quarterback’s Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” experience, which hosts proms around the world for special needs students.

The opening act, Trent Harmon, is the winner of 2016’s American Idol. Harmon, from Amory, Mississippi, has just released his debut album, “You Got Em All,” after having a country radio hit with “Falling,” his winning American Idol song. He followed that up with “There’s A Girl,” which, like its predecessor, hit No. 27 on that chart. Harmon says that playing on the road is really the litmus test where you find out just how good your material is. “That’s where you truly find out if your songs are good enough to the people; Do they pay attention to particular songs? Do they stop and put their phone down, or record particular songs? You put so much energy into these songs, and I think that’s where you get that energy back.”

About El Dorado, Ark. & Murphy Arts District

MAD, a production of El Dorado Festivals & Events, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create and sustain an arts and entertainment destination that acts as a catalyst for cultural and educational change for the region. It relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the community and region.


El Dorado, Ark., also known as “the City of Gold” is a former oil boom town and a rising arts destination. Home to a 1920s oil rush that brought a flurry of industry to “Arkansas’ Original Boomtown.” The city also has had significant investments in economic development, education and corporate community sponsorship with forthcoming investments, including the notable El Dorado Promise, a unique college scholarship program established by Murphy Oil Corporation providing local El Dorado High School graduates tuition at any accredited two-and four-year educational institution in the U.S.





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